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The Truth About Modular Homes

Modular February 20, 2017

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Modular homes and prefabricated homes are essentially the same thing, but most people use the term “modular” to refer the the larger homes and prefabs to the smaller ones. Modular homes are constructed off-site in weather-protected factories and then transported to the home site. As a rule, modular homes are stronger than their on-site counterparts and are constructed in sections called “modules”.

After a home is put up in its location, more modules can be added to it, more levels, and more rooms. Modular homes are built to accommodate local building codes and are a cost-effective, environmentally friendly, less waste alternative to homes built on site.

The cost of a modular home will vary from site to site and contractor to contractor. If the style you choose is one offered by the company and not custom built, you can expect to pay considerably less than if you customize your home. But in general the cost per square foot can be anything from $50 to $150. But always know that the final cost will most likely be higher than what is quoted to you.

Cost will also depend on what location you choose for your modular home. A clear open space will obviously be cheaper than a wooded area or building on the beach. But know that modular homes are extremely versatile and can be built in almost any location.

Modular homes are built from the same materials as site-built homes. Wood frames can be used, you can have brick or stone exteriors, and granite can be used for countertops. But the beauty of a modular home is that from construction of the modules off site, to the putting together of them, modular homes can be completed in a matter of weeks, or even days, depending on the size and onsite location.

What people often forget, because they are as finely built as site built homes, is that modular homes can be taken apart, moved to a new or more desirable location, and put back together with almost no waste. The parts are completely reusable.

To sum up, you can design your dream home with modulars much more cheaply than with conventional construction. You can move the modules around, add levels, and increase the square footage for a much more cost-effective price. Modular homes are built with less waste material than site built homes, and are more environmentally friendly. They can be put almost anywhere you desire, increasing the value of your property. And the waiting time for the finished product can be only weeks or days. So move -in time comes so much more quickly. You can be living in your modular home in less than a month. The popularity and versatility of modulars increases every year, so the value of your home may even go up.

Images: Select Homes Inc., homeesthetics.net, and About Pure Country Homes.

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10 Awesome Modular Homes That Can Be Built in Just Three Days

Modular November 1, 2016

Modular homes are built indoors in a factory-like setting. Thanks to creative minds, many of these modular buildings can be purchased and set up in just three days on a prepared building site. These beautiful homes are transported to their new locations, where they are brought together by their builder. Living in this type of home sounds simple and reduces stress to residents since it’s small, and also portable. Another thing is it enhances intimacy among family members to have a small house, but since they’re modular, they can later be expanded if more space is needed.

These awesome modular homes are built by firms we’ve already indexed in our Modular Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can go there and search out the name of the company, and also find builders near your area.

Beautiful green house
Designed and built by  Magic Green Homes
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Lovely modular home
Designed and built by Cradle to Cradle
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Fantastic factory-fabricated home
Designed and built by Robert Gurney
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Simple dwelling
Designed and built by Jonas Wagel
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Gorgeous bamboo home
Designed and built by BIO Architects
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Stunning modular home
Designed and built by Big Box
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Eco-friendly dwelling
Designed and built by Architect 11
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Solar-powered home
Designed and built by Ceardean Architects
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Eco-vacation house
Designed and built by MYCC
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Brilliant micro dwelling
Designed and built by Architect Samuel Gonclaves
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Build this eco green-roof modular home in 6 weeks

Modular October 3, 2016

Build this eco green-roof modular home in 6 weeks

This was a custom project by ArchiBlox: “Situated on a sloping site, the module touches the earth lightly and is elevated off the ground on structural posts. With a size of 106 m2 the residence is minimal in size but grand in design intent. The interior is composed with 2 bedrooms with walk in robes, 1 bathroom, open plan kitchen, dining and living and storeroom. A green roof sits atop of the structure, tying the built form beautifully back into the landscape.

The module Size 16m by 4.6m and is 106 sqm. The south and east facades are framed by an outdoor verandah which one can sit on and contemplate the harmony of the coastal ambience. The modular design is driven by sustainable methods which include:

• Lineal structure with east-west orientation allowing cross ventilation

• Maximised North windows which allows the home to enjoy the northern sun

• Green Roof which minimises rainwater run off and solar penetration

• FSC certified external timbers milled from sustainable forestry methods

• Low VOC internal paints and natural oils

So, a 2-bedroom modular beach house in New South Wales. And a design you might want to look at if you’re still in the process of getting design ideas or shopping around for a house design.

Architects: ArchiBlox
Location: Avalon Beach NSW 2107, Australia
Area: 106.0 sqm
Project Year: 2015
Photographs: Michael Wickham, Tom Ross
Manufacturers: Big Ass Fans, Knauf, T&G, Thermann

For more from the designers, Archiblox, find them in our directory.

Build this eco green-roof modular home in 6 weeks

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A Couple Builds Their Ideal Retirement Home in the Forest

Modular October 1, 2016

This couple enjoyed their holidays for many years in Greenwater, Washington. Then they had a beautiful idea: to build a striking home … as part of a larger plan to spend their retirement in this home.

For many adventurous years, they enjoyed biking, skiing, and other exciting outdoor activities in Greenwater. Many happy seasons have come and gone and instead of just being sightseers in the area, the nice idea of having a secondary residence was put into reality.

The forest is indeed a wonderful place for them as they venture to the natural surroundings that Mother Nature can offer. Every single day offers exciting sceneries of the forest and the sites are fantastic which is ideal for retirees.

Robert Hutchison Architecture firm designed this lovely home in the forest. It consists of two bedrooms and is perfectly shielded in stained cedar. According to Hutchison, the east side of the area is the magnificent White River and every summer, the couples can enjoy the sounds of whooshing river all over the house.

For more of Robert Hutchison Architecture’s work, find them in our shipping container homes directory.

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How to Build a Modified Post and Beam Frame House

Modular October 1, 2016

How to Build a Modified Post and Beam Frame

There is no doubt that timber framing offers stability and strength. However, it can be quite costly and labor intensive. It is also usually not a one-person do-it-yourself kind of project because manpower is necessary. For those who want to achieve the same quality, modified post and beam frame is a great idea. This method is more lightweight and the joinery consists mainly of cleats and fasteners. The concept is that the boards wrap skeleton posts. To create beams, scrap-end blocking is utilized. This method is quite simple, less costly and perhaps a good alternative to timber framing.

A sturdy foundation is essential to ensure lateral stability. The posts should be erected about 10’ apart in a grid. Important elements involve choosing the right dimension boards for the beams, deciding on height of the beams and proper attachment of the cleats to the posts. Following a framing pattern is very important in completing the project as well as using the proper dimensions and making the right measurements.

With the right DIY instructions and knowledge in building techniques, modified post and beam frame can be an excellent alternative to timber framing.

How to Build a Modified Post and Beam Frame

1.Work with sturdy foundation like a pole foundation wherein posts are buried in the ground about 4’.
2.Construct posts about 10’ apart in a grid. If there is existing old structure, just remove rotten members.
3.Brace newly erected posts once they are plumb. Straighten them using ropes.
4.Use correct dimension boards for the beams depending on the distance between posts. Posts that are 10’ apart, 2×12 is typical measurement without vertical support.
5.Accurately measure distance on each post that will serve as the beam height.
6.Attach 2×6 cleats to posts vertically. For freestanding pole foundation, length of the cleats should be 2’ to 3’. The cleats serve as spot to set the large-dimensioned horizontal boards before fastening them and help in carrying the weight of the beams.
7.Raise the first horizontal board for the beam. Using a rope, raise the board if placement of the beam is high or if the board is heavy.
8.Fasten the boards using a combination of big nails and long screws (3”)
9.Repeat on the other side of the posts. Two more cleats and another horizontal board.
10.Support the beam using studs especially if there is perimeter stem wall. Notch out the top of the studs to interlock with the boards in the beams.
11.Continue framing around the corner using cleats, parallel boards for beams and doubled studs as needed. Follow the framing pattern through the perimeter.
12.Run 2×6 bracing in the opposite direction of beams.
13.Put X-frame over garage or barn doors to hold the weight.
14.Continue pattern of cleats, beams and blocking until the structure is stable.
15.When the frame is done, install the joists.

 

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Inexpensive Concrete Modular Homes

Modular June 23, 2016

Indeed, whether prefab houses or traditional, home ownership provides a sense of freedom, privacy and sanctuary. The fulfillment of a place, that of having your own home, is invaluable. It is a place to nurture your children and a space to spend time doing the most personal and intimate things in life.

But in this generation — where high home quality is partnered with costly goods –taking on inexpensive concrete modular homes is a must so that average homeowners can purchase a home within their budget.

Here is an example of a couple who were able to build their low-cost concrete modular home. Tarek and Cynthia had a thought that their old house on Martha’s Vineyard had to be replaced completely. So they looked for a good architect who could work on a collaboration and one who lived on the island.

One day, a friend of Cynthia’s paid for a visit in Boston one weekend and they discussed home construction while they were looking at a certain house near the shoreline. While they were going around the house areas, they saw a box of tiles with architect Peter Rose’s name printed on it. So Tarek thought of contacting his office, and what a coincidence, Rose would be flying to Boston on the same day. Hence, they agreed to meet there and they disregarded the island-resident criterion that they listed before.

So their good connection began and since the 1980s, architect Rose has established a portfolio of work on Martha’s Vineyard that includes both contemporary and regional-style structures. Rose noted, “What is common among these buildings is a great deal of attention to the siting of them, especially in terms of topography.” He added, “Partway into the process, we became aware of the slow, steady erosion of the bluff.” Rose also said that the inclined lakefront spot is characterized by narrow degrees.

Rose and his group formed the house as a chain of 6 prefabricated structures joined by 2 criss-crossing hallways. Every box can be elevated by crane.

Considering the beautiful scenery all around the house, Rose designed the house with subtle, fuzzy borders between the exterior and interior. Rose remarked, “There are two sets of rules on the Vineyard: If you do a vernacular house, you can build higher; if you build a modern house, it has to be lower.” Hence, Rose and his group decided for the latter. They thought of constructing a one-storey structure with a chain of flat, planted roofs, capped with beautiful natural sea grasses.

Rose explained, “The use of concrete was like placing a boulder onto the site.” In spite of the useful strength of the building material, Cynthia was initially doubtful but her husband convinced her that concrete is fit with Vineyard setting—the seashore, the rocks, and the mist. Actually, the subtle tones and faintly coarse surfaces of the exterior boards, controlled by expanses of glass and Spanish cedar window casings, form a beautiful home for the couples.

Another feature of the house is its rainwater collection. There are also geothermal wells that provide shiny floor warming which is useful in reducing HVAC equipment cost.

Overall, this lovely inexpensive concrete modular home is practical for home owners to consider as it’s durable, beautiful and it’s within an average budget. To see more of Peter Rose + Partners’ work, find them in the Building Homes and Living directory.

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Superior Modular Homes

Modular May 31, 2016

Superior Modular Homes

Nova Deko is a reputable global builder of superior assembled modular houses and a wide range of home features and furnishings. The company is a known distributor in many different parts of the world.

Fabrication
Nova Deko creates modular homes’ main components including steel frames, fixtures for both kitchen and lavatory which allows them to have full regulation of all of their manufacturing procedures. This is how the company guarantees excellence for its materials and craftsmanship. Nova Deko ensures that their fabricated homes are genuinely first class.

Proficiency
The creation of prefabricated homes by Nova Deko boasts their several solid years of experiences in bathroom furniture and kitchen production.

They have experience successfully setting up modular homes from solo pods up to multi-level residential flat buildings, Nova Deko is regarded as an innovator in pre-fabricated housing, with an attention on purposeful scheme, excellence and sustainability.

Excellence
Nova Deko upholds its international eminence for its quality creation and good value for its customers’ money. Being an expert builder and supplier of houses as well as nearly all components, they charge reasonably. There is a guarantee that customers can be assured of purchasing superior merchandises at economical costs.

Products offered are as follows:

Single Pod Homes – These are detached homes where all is enclosed in a single pod. They are perfect as secondary abodes in the backyard or where the home may need to be moved.
Multi-pod Homes – Includes two or more units or pods combined together which is intended as a family house. It is considered as a main dwelling or as an extra house.
Apartment Blocks – Modules are arranged to build the foundation for multi-level apartment buildings. It is built for cost-cutting scheme, rapid structure and decrease of location workforce necessities. It is best for student lodging.
Bathroom Pods – It is complete and equipped for setting up. Bathroom pods are functionally crafted and contain all the classy fixtures and furnishings found in modern dwellings. It’s swift, simple and easy on the pocket.

The module sizes that Nova Deko are as follows:
– 6m x 2.4m
– 6m x 3.4m
– 12m x 2.4m
– 12m x 3.4m

If in case you are interested to purchase any of their classy homes, see more of Nova Deko’s work by finding them in our Prefab and Modular Home Designers and Builders Directory (click here).

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This “Sliding House” All Slides Out of a Small Shed!

Modular May 21, 2016

This “Sliding House” All Slides Out of a Small Shed!

With this compact modular house plan, a small shed which can be easily transported — prefab home style — becomes a collection of shelters, including a tiny house, a tiny guest house, a pool, and another shelter that is situated over the pool (obviously, the pool has to be dug — it’s not coming on the bed of the truck!)

This prefab modular home (and this is taking modular construction into what many consider a quite interesting area of design) is an exercise in design undertaken by the team at DRMM.

You can see what the unpacked modular house (or set) looks like in the picture above, and below you can see the picture of the schematic — how the transportable shed unfolds into the several buildings (they use a set of tracks in this design).

It’s called Magdalen House, but this prefab home is also referred to as “Sliding House.”

The gross initial area is 200 meters. DRMM describes what they did with the unfolding modular with these words: “The outcome is three conventional building forms with unconventional detailing, radical performance, and a big surprise. A linear building of apparent simplicity is sliced into three programmes; house, garage and annexe. The garage is pulled off axis to create a courtyard between the three. The composition is further defined by material and colour; red rubber membrane and glass, red and black stained larch.”

What do you think of this house? What do you think of the idea? Would you buy a prefab or modular house that unfolds like this one? Prefab houses are already saving on construction, but the cost of transport remains. With this modular house design, they might reduce the transportation cost further by reducing the trips required to transport. Visit our prefab designers directory for more from DRMM (click here).

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Modular Lake Home with a Rustic Cabin Look

Modular May 20, 2016

Modular Lake Home with a Rustic Cabin Look

How many of you out there are considering building a prefab house with the traditional style of looks? I mean, there are a lot of modular house plans out there that, when finished, look a lot like traditionally constructed homes. Like this one, a modular lake home with a rustic cabin look put out as a building plan by Excelsior Homes.

They call it the Cedar Ridge, and its a 2 bedroom house (with one bathroom), which has in total over 1,000 square feet. It also has the appearance of a fairly sizable house, if its set up the way they have it in the picture above.

Unlike a lot of the modern-style prefab houses we often feature here, this plan doesn’t have glass around every wall. There are large picture windows in the kitchen, dining and living areas, and there’s that big deck on the one side (this is an add-on, which they expect is something that would be built on-site, not part of the prefab plan).

With the elevation of those large windows and the porch, you might see why the company markets this particular modular house design as a lakefront house. They call it the “Cedar Ridge” plan.

Like many modular and prefab homes, this design can be customized to a certain degree. There are options for the materials used to build the prefab, as well as upgrades. You can select the flooring, cabinets, countertops, exterior finishes, and the backsplash, too.

Other options center around heating, such as whether to have a fireplace put in, or a dishwasher. For more information on Excelsior and their prefab home plans and sales, find them in our directory (click here).

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Durable Manufactured Home of 2,520 Sq. Ft with Amazing Interior

Modular January 11, 2016

Durable Manufactured Home of 2,520 Sq. Ft with Amazing Interior

This is an interior design example of a metal building home. It’s over 2,500 square feet, so it’s a standard to large size for a family house.

Some more information about this farmhouse:

Stats: 2,520 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths

Special Features:

Spacious open living space
Buffet in dining room
Walk-in kitchen pantry
Beautiful master bath with garden tub and plenty of storage
Huge walk-in closet in master suite
Play room
Large utility room with freezer space
Large covered porch

Find more from Palm Harbor, and other modular home builders we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more modular, click here.

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